\ˈpäl \

Definition of pol 

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Many of the city's residents have criticized local pols for their decision to close the public library.

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What makes this drama so unusual is that every last one of these pols is a Democrat, part of a larger community that overwhelmingly votes Democratic. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Democrats’ Racial Fault Line," 25 June 2018 Replacing pols with citizens requires amending the state Constitution. John Baer, Philly.com, "Now's the time to press for real Pa. redistricting reform | John Baer," 21 Mar. 2018 But even in that event, pols will still have an important impact on where the lines are drawn. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Midterms Could Have a Big Impact on Redistricting," 24 May 2018 The comparison has clear fault lines: Pressley, the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council, is a more established pol than Ocasio-Cortez, and politically, Capuano is further to the left than Crowley. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Suddenly every Democrat is the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Just ask them," 13 July 2018 That’s what makes the pols and the public realize that humanity has all its eggs in one basket, and needs to colonize space. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: When History Abruptly Takes a Detour," 12 July 2018 Instead, Tippins got the veteran pol to make some incriminating admissions. Bill Torpy, ajc, "Torpy at Large: Why Clay ‘The Mole’ Tippins went commando against Cagle," 22 June 2018 The three pols ahead of him in the House Democratic pecking order are 78 (Nancy Pelosi), 79 (Steny Hoyer) and 78 (Jim Clyburn) years old. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ousts Joe Crowley, a Top House Democrat, in Stunning Upset," 26 June 2018 But in Illinois, where law-abiding citizens have seen four of their last 10 governors frog-marched to federal prison, the next crooked pols surely are thrilled to hear Trump bloviate. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Floating clemency for Blagojevich, Trump diminishes the gravity of political corruption," 1 June 2018

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circa 1942, in the meaning defined above

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a nest or breeding place

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